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Saints roll out new, improved website 

The Athletics Department has rolled out a new website with features that make it easier to follow your favorite sport. 

The new website, which has the same address – www.ollusaintsathletics.com – is managed by the OLLU Sports Information Office. 

New website features include a “Watch Live” link that takes users to the OLLU Saints Network live-streaming page allowing them to immediately begin watching any Saints’ game currently being live-streamed; an “OLLU Saints Network” section which displays current videos from YouTube – the main page features all videos published, and each team’s page features videos of that sport’s playlist on YouTube; links to “Saints Social Media” – on the homepage, the Saints’ main accounts for Instagram and Twitter are depicted, and on each individual team page, the main social media accounts for that team are displayed. 

The Saints begin their 16th season on Aug. 17 with soccer scrimmages against Texas A&M International University, and the Saints volleyball will host the Alamo City Volleysta tournament Aug. 19-20. The cross-country teams begin their season in early September, followed by basketball in November. Most home matches will be live-streamed and live stats for most home games will be provided. 

OLLU WINS RED RIVER ATHLETIC CONFERERENCE TOP GPA AWARD

OLLU was honored with its second Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) GPA Award as the conference program delivering the best academic performance in 2020-2021. An RRAC member since 2008 and part of the NAIA since 2007, OLLU also led the RRAC with a record-breaking 166 student-athletes earning a 3.0-grade point average or better last year. The cumulative GPA total for OLLU’s student-athletes was best-ever 3.24. (Special note: eight student-athletes competed in two sports and will be honored with two awards.)

The RRAC GPA Award is presented annually to the athletic program with the best cumulative GPA among all of its student-athletes in the most recent academic year. The award encompasses all conference sports and any NAIA-certified student-athletes during the 2020-2021 seasons. 

“The results speak for themselves,” says OLLU Athletic Director Shane Hurley. “We are a great team here at OLLU. Our coaches support our professors, and our professors, academic advisers, tutors, counselors and student services support all of us. It’s a wonderful place to be because everyone is putting the student first and success is, therefore, a product that is being cultivated. Hats off to our student-athletes for this accomplishment!”

Read more on the Saint website.

WOMEN’S SOCCER WELCOMES NEW ASSISTANT COACH

OLLU has announced the hiring of Natalie Stahmann as the new women’s soccer assistant coach. She arrives at OLLU after serving as an interim assistant coach for the men’s soccer team at Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas. Stahmann was also the assistant coach for the women’s team.

Prior to coaching in Paris, Stahmann assistant coached the girls’ team at 6A Charles Page High School from 2018-2019 in Sand Springs, Okla. She also coached at Soccer Shots in Tulsa, Okla., and the San Antonio Sting Club.

Stahmann commented, “I am excited to join the women’s soccer program as its assistant coach. It’s an honor to be able to work with such a successful soccer program. I look forward to working with Head Coach Arthur Salazar and learning from him about helping our student-athletes improve both on and off the field. Go, Saints!”

Stahmann graduated from Blanco High School in Blanco, Texas. She received her Master of Science in Kinesiology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. While in Corpus Christi, Stahmann earned certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NCSA).

She received a Bachelor of Science in Fitness Management Composite/Personal Training and Strength Specialization at Wayland Baptist University (WBU). She is currently working on an MBA from WBU in addition to coaching for the Saints.

Her playing career started with the New Braunfels Ajax’s Soccer Club from 2005-2012. Stahmann was the team captain for the WBU women’s soccer team and was named Defensive Player of the Year in 2012 as a freshman. She also played for the Malick City Football Club in Trinidad and Tobago in the 2013 Summer Trinidad and Tobago Women’s League.

Stahmann brings the following skills and certifications to OLLU:

  • Coached the van driver course
  • The National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF) Personal Training Certification
  • CPR and First-Aid Certification
  • Training as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS)
  • U.S. Soccer Grassroots Certification (11v11, 9v9, 7v7)
  • U.S. Soccer D License
  • United Soccer Coaches Diplomas: Goalkeeper 1 and LGBT: Diversity and Inclusion
  • A part of Coaches Outreach

WOMEN’S SOCCER BEGINS RRAC TITLE DEFENSE THIS FALL

After achieving its first undefeated regular season and fourth undefeated conference record in program history during a delayed season in the spring, the women’s soccer team is ready for its 14th season. The Saints will take on local rival NCAA D2 St. Mary’s University (3-4-2) at the OLLU Soccer Field on Friday at 4 p.m.

Team goals
Head Coach Arthur Salazar aims for another successful season in 2021. “It comes down to the team having the mentality and the desire to compete,” Salazar said. “The 11-1 record last season was special, but in reality, that probably can’t happen every year. In the event of adversity, we have the mental capacity to bounce back from issues.” The women’s program was picked second in the Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) Preseason Poll.

Salazar has a .845 winning percentage and 57-10-1 mark in RRAC competition. He was named Red River Coach of the Year for the second consecutive season last spring and fourth overall.

Beginning the season
The game against St. Mary’s will be the first regular-season game. This will be the two teams’ Seventh Annual Halo Classic. The series is tied at 3-3 with OLLU hanging onto the trophy and hoping to keep it another year.

OLLU will face Schreiner University (4-0), Concordia University-Texas (6-1), No. 2-ranked William Carey University (0-2), University of Mobile and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley before opening RRAC play. (Numbers after school indicate all-time records).

Conference opponents
OLLU opens RRAC competition at home against LSU-Shreveport (6-3-2) on Sept. 23. The Saints welcome Texas A&M University-Texarkana (4-1) two days later. The team travels to Louisiana to face LSU-Alexandria (7-1-1) on Sept. 30 and the newest RRAC member Louisiana College on Oct. 2.

The University of the Southwest (18-1) and Paul Quinn College (6-0) head to San Antonio on Oct. 7 and Oct. 9. The Saints then make a trip to face teams to which they have never lost. They play Texas College (12-0) on Oct. 14 and Jarvis Christian College (7-0) on Oct. 16. OLLU returns home to take on the University of Houston-Victoria (14-1) on Oct. 21, and then hits the road two days later versus Huston-Tillotson University (10-3). The series finale features the first matchup in program history against Texas A&M University-San Antonio on Oct. 30 at home.

Read more on the Saints website.

OLLU MEN’S SOCCER TAKES ON TLU TODAY AT 4 P.M.

OLLU men’s soccer program returns to normalcy for its 15th season this fall after a delayed 2020 season that was pushed to spring of 2021. The Saints take on Texas Lutheran University (3-1-2) today at 4 p.m. on the OLLU Soccer Field.

Head Coach Arthur Salazar is entering his first year of managing both the men’s team, while also head coaching the women’s program for his ninth season.

Beginning the season
OLLU will face off with Schreiner University (4-1) in Kerrville, Texas, on Sept. 1 for the first regular-season match. They continue the road trip by traveling to Hattiesburg, Miss., to play No. 13-ranked William Carey University (0-1) on Sept. 10 and No. 18-ranked the University of Mobile in Mobile, Ala., the following day.

Prior to Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) competition starting, the Saints visit nearby rivals NCAA D2 St. Mary’s University (1-4) on Sept. 16. (Numbers after school indicate all-time records).

Conference opponents
OLLU, picked fourth in the preseason conference poll, starts RRAC play at home on Sept. 23 against one of the tougher teams in the conference, LSU-Shreveport (5-4), which has been selected to finish second in the poll. Texas A&M University-Texarkana (7-0), picked sixth, travels to San Antonio two days later to face the Saints. The first road trip starts on Sept. 30 with a match against LSU-Alexandria (2-5-3), picked third, and RRAC newcomer Louisiana College, picked tied for eighth, on Oct. 2.

The Saints return home to battle the University of the Southwest (11-5), picked fifth, on Oct. 7 and Paul Quinn College (3-1), picked 12th, on Oct. 9. The squad travels to Tyler, Texas, to face Texas College (9-2-1), picked tied for 10th, on Oct. 14 and Jarvis Christian College (7-0), picked tied for 10th, in Hawkins, Texas, on Oct. 16. The last three matches of the season include a home match against the University of Houston-Victoria (7-7-2), picked first, on Oct. 21, a road test versus Huston-Tillotson University (8-8-1), picked seventh, on Oct. 23 and the season finale at home for the first-ever match against Texas A&M University-San Antonio, picked tied for eighth, on Oct 30.

Read more on the Saints website.

OLLU MEN’S TENNIS SIGNS EL PASO NATIVE JULIAN MARTINEZ

OLLU men’s tennis program is proud to announce the addition of incoming freshman Julian Martinez. He will join the team for the 2021-2022 season.

Martinez is a native of El Paso, Texas, and will be majoring in finance. He recently graduated from Del Valle High School where he was the men’s tennis varsity captain from 2018-2021. Martinez was also student council president in 2021 and received the Conquistador Award in the same year.

The 6’1″ freshman plays both singles and doubles, and his athletic role model is professional tennis player Rafael Nadal. Martinez’s hobbies include fishing, cooking and reading.

The Saints men’s tennis team enters its 14th season for the 2021-2022 campaign.

Regular season ends in record-breaking finish for cross-country women

Cross-Country1026 The women’s cross-country team finished fourth in the NAIA Midstates Classic, which took place at the Winfield Veterans Home on Saturday morning. The Saints competed against 22 teams, with Oklahoma City University scoring 38 for the win, followed by Benedictine with 54 and Doane with 94. The Saints tallied 122 for fourth place. The event was sponsored by Southwestern College. Head Coach Stephen Sherman said, “We always enjoy going up to Winfield as the weather is typically much cooler than we are used to and generally our athletes perform well. Also, Southwestern tends to put on a well-organized meet with an accurate course.” Read full story online.

Volleyball dominates Langston to remain undefeated

VB1026The volleyball team swept the Langston University 3-0 in a Red River Athletic Conference match Friday evening. The win keeps the Saints undefeated in conference with an 11-0 record and 18-3 overall, while the Lions drop to 3-7 in conference and overall. The first-place Saints are two-and-a-half games ahead of the University of St. Thomas (8-2/13-8), followed by Wiley College (8-3/10-8) and the University of the Southwest (6-5/8-17). All four teams have qualified for the conference tournament that the Saints will host Nov. 13-14. Still vying for the final two spots are Langston, Huston-Tillotson University (3-7/3-14), Jarvis Christian College (2-9/7-24) and Texas College (1-9/2-19). Read full story online.

October-November Home Schedule

Wednesday, Oct. 28, 6 p.m. – Baseball Halloween Intrasquad Game – Missions Baseball Academy
Friday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m. – Volleyball vs. Huston-Tillotson University – OLLU Mabee Gymnasium
Monday, Nov. 2, 1/3 p.m. – Women’s and Men’s Soccer vs. Wiley College – OLLU Soccer Field (Games will be played if necessary)
Thursday, Nov. 4, 12:30 p.m. – Saints Fall Pep Rally – Mall Area
Friday, Nov. 6, 9/10 a.m. – Men’s and Women’s Red River Athletic Conference Cross-Country Championships hosted by OLLU at Windcrest Golf Course – Windcrest, Texas
Friday, Nov. 6, 6 p.m. – Volleyball vs. University of St. Thomas – Seniors’ Night – OLLU Mabee Gymnasium
Saturday, Nov. 7, 1 p.m. – Volleyball vs. Texas College – Alumni Recognition Night – OLLU Mabee Gymnasium
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 7-10 p.m. – M.O.S.S. Hoops Madness hosted by Men’s Basketball and SGA – OLLU Mabee Gymnasium
Friday-Saturday, Nov. 13-14 – Red River Athletic Conference Volleyball Championship Tournament hosted by OLLU at Mabee Gymnasium

OLLU softball picks up run-rule doubleheader wins against Huston-Tillotson

SoftballThe Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) softball team secured doubleheader run-rule victories over Red River Athletic Conference (RRAC) rival Huston-Tillotson University (HTU), 8-0 and 13-5 on Tuesday afternoon at the OLLU Softball Field. The pair of wins moves the Saints to 29-7 on the season and 10-0 in the RRAC. HTU sits at 1-25 overall and 1-11 in conference. Read more online.

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